The Round (Couch) Up! –Gus Dexheimer, Fo’sheimer and Filles Fabs

Hello AdVenturers! Savor this post, because we’re taken a week off after this o build some furniture! Or such is the rumor. Anyway, we are almost done with Milestone 2, meaning we’re “wrapping up” the sketch up modeling (a.k.a. starting to feel nervous about how much sketch up we have left to do before the end of the month), and beginning cut lists. Because spring break is in two weeks and we vowed to get started by the time we come back from break AT THE LATEST, we have started having a mini construction lesson every class period. So far, we’ve learned drilling and pilot holes. There was a brief spell in seventh grade PLTW where we did a lot of woodworking, but that ended, so it’s nice we definitely need refreshers/learning-for-the-first-timers. I am really looking forward to the building, but after starting over for the third time on my sketch up of the round couch, I am getting a little nervous about that piece specifically.  So I did some research on the art of curved furniture and how other people have done it!

We do have a pretty good idea of how we are designing the round couch, thanks to our friend and savior, Pam Powell. We are creating a base hat is completely angular, but that fits exactly at the back of the airstream. Then, we are putting up supports along the inner curve where the bottom cushion would end, as well as a sturdy base for the place where people actually sit.  I sent myself the couch file of the model I’m working on, but alas I cannot open it on my non-sketch up computer. I tried, and this is what I got:

Crazy mumbo jumbo

Crazy mumbo jumbo

But, enough about our round couch! Below are some plans for a couch that someone made on a site I found in my researching pursuits called Core 77, which is an industrial design magazine. It’s called the Banquette, or Poor Man’s Couch. Even thou we already have a plan; I thought it would be good to have options, especially since we have freedom with the chair design.

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This next couch is not a DIY, but it’s fairly easy to picture it in The Whale, and it looks about like what we’re going for.


I also read a few articles on rounding wood; since that is the material we will be working with primarily. I found that making a round piece is not as crazy difficult as it seemed at first. I read a blog that talked about making a round table with curved legs, and they cut he legs out of a template roughly at first, then made more precise cuts with a jigsaw, and then was able to sand the piece to produce a very professional looking situation.

Finally, I read an article on a DIY couch made from pallets, which I am familiar with because my mom LOVES them with a deep passion. It wasn’t a round couch, but here it is:

It sparked a pallet idea in my head. They are cheap, often free, they look really industrial and amazing, using them would be recycling, and they are really nice and sturdy!

Alrighty! That’s all for now! Thanks for checking in!


One comment

  1. Regina S. · · Reply

    beautiful. just beautiful I just really love how the couch is curved and it looks kind of like a house

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